I'm unbelievably hyper right now. Two months ago, I applied to the Teaching Shakespeare Institute through the Folger Shakespeare Library. http://www.folger.edu/template.cfm?cid=2511 It's a nationwide thing, they only accept 25 teachers and I've only been teaching for 3 years. The application was very involved (essays, multiple letters of rec, resume, etc). I got word this afternoon that I GOT IN! I'll be spending 4 weeks this summer with access to the Folger collection and a group of fellow teachers and top Shakespearean scholars (some of whom reach idol-status with me). The gravy on all of this is that it's a program sponsored through the National Endowment for the Arts, and it comes with a $3,000 stipend for living and travel expenses for those 4 weeks. The cherry on that gravy is that I have LOADS of relatives in the DC area, and I won't need to spend that stipend on living expenses (it can go to the new car fund)!! I've been geeked out all day. Just felt like sharing with like-minded literature dorks.